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Baby Tylenol - Is it okay??

post #1 of 41
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I am not sure what to do about baby tylenol. Do you all give your babies baby tylenol (probably a wide range of answers)?

My dd had roseola last week and had a fever. She just didn't feel good at all and she was having a hard time sleeping. I tried all tricks in my natural tool box, but nothing really helped. I finally went to the store and bought a bottle of baby tylenol and gave it to her...I gave her a half dose because she is only 6 months old. It helped her sleep and made her feel a little better.

I feel very uncomfortable giving her anything like tylenol, but on the other had it reduced her pain. I would appreciate any advice you have.
post #2 of 41
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post #3 of 41
Of course it's ok. I know some people don't use it for just a mild fever but I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't use it for a child in pain, particularly when nothing else helped.
post #4 of 41
i would be interested in knowing what people do too...

i give baby tylenol (or ibprophen (sp?) ) on rare occasions, like you, after all my natural tricks are used up.

i don't want my DS to be in undue pain...but i never like giving medicine either.
post #5 of 41
I give tylenol occasionally as well.
post #6 of 41
I've been using it safely for my daughter's teething on and off since she was 6 months. However, if you give her too much it can create problems with her liver, so don't just guess on the dosage. If your daughter's age isn't listed on the bottle call her doctor. Mine gave me a copy of some literature that had dosages for different ages/weights. Also, it's more important to dose according to her weight than her age. So...call your doc for dosage.
post #7 of 41
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However, if you give her too much it can create problems with her liver, so don't just guess on the dosage. If your daughter's age isn't listed on the bottle call her doctor. Mine gave me a copy of some literature that had dosages for different ages/weights.
Tylenol toxicity is nothing to mess around with.
post #8 of 41
I have never given dd any.

I would not personally medicate a fever. I would consider medicating for pain. Though for most pain ibuprofen is more effective than tylenol.

-Angela
post #9 of 41
I agree that Tylenol should be a last resort, but sometimes you do reach that point. I would be comfortable with either Motrin or Tylenol if I felt it was necessary. I avoid both for myself, but for instance when I was recovering from childbirth I took Ibuprofen so I have to remember that if I were in pain I would rather have something that would give me relief.
post #10 of 41
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
I have never given dd any.

I would not personally medicate a fever. I would consider medicating for pain. Though for most pain ibuprofen is more effective than tylenol.

-Angela
Do they make baby ibuprofen? I am a novice in this area. I avoid these kinds of pain relief for myself and would like to do so for dd, but if it takes away the pain when nothing else dose, then it is worth it. I also took a couple of advil after giving birth (I had no idea I would be sore...but that is another post).
post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by MamaNan View Post
Do they make baby ibuprofen? I am a novice in this area. I avoid these kinds of pain relief for myself and would like to do so for dd, but if it takes away the pain when nothing else dose, then it is worth it. I also took a couple of advil after giving birth (I had no idea I would be sore...but that is another post).
I believe it starts at 6 months.

-Angela
post #12 of 41
Our doc gave us dosage guidelines for both ibuprofen and tylenol and said it was our call. I have only used it once on current 7mos old dd but I did use it a few times with older dd when she was a baby for some illness related pains. There are some problems with tylenol stemming from parents giving too much too often. So, be careful with dosage and be frugal with how often you do it. I try other things first.
post #13 of 41
I'd only do it for pain. My dd has had a couple of really bad ear infections. I give her Motrin without hesitation in those instances. Maybe I'd do it for a crazy high scary fever, but not for a normal fever or colds/flu.
post #14 of 41
My dd had a fever a few weeks ago and an ear infection as well. I actually had dh go to the store to get some pain reliever, but after reading the list of ingredients on all the meds, we just couldn't go thru with it. Not to mention that more and more, tylenol is made in China...
As if the medication crap isn't enough, they have a lovely mix of dyes, artificial sweeteners, propelyne glycol, preservatives...I don't buy food with any of those in it, so I'm not about to give it to my baby!
That said, I can understand others using them; I'm just not comfortable using them myself.
post #15 of 41
That's the reason why I haven't ever given any to DD (and thankfully she's never really been in enough pain to need it anyway) -- I don't have a problem with the acetaminophen itself, but the dyes, and artificial sweeteners... Jeepers! Why do ALL the children's pain relievers have to be sweetened artificially? "Sure, we'll numb your pain but watch out for the cancer!!"

If I could find tylenol that was dosable and safe for young children, I would gladly use it (when necessary, and like PP's said, for pain, not for most fevers).
post #16 of 41
Fwiw, they do make baby Tylenol and baby Motrin that are dye-free. They still have corn syrup and other crap in them though.
post #17 of 41
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
I have never given dd any.

I would not personally medicate a fever. I would consider medicating for pain. Though for most pain ibuprofen is more effective than tylenol.

-Angela
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I have given my present baby ibuprofen, but I did not use a product that was made for babies (because of all of the additives mentioned in PP). My baby has a severely squished finger. His entire finger is one huge bruise, and it has a cut (really a split) which the doctor at the ER put Derma-bond on (otherwise it would have needed a stitch or two), and a band aid as a splint. So I don't want to make him just sit and deal with that kind of pain.

The hospital gave me a sheet listing the mg of both acetaminophen and ibuprofen per lb of body weight for babies and small children. I scrape the coating off of a tablet, divide the tablet, crush that portion and mix with unsweetened organic blueberry applesauce.
post #18 of 41
I never have or would. I don't medicate fevers and I don't medicate pain. I also do not let my kids suffer. I have many things I can do to help decrease their discomfort. I go for those options always.

If I didn't have them, I don't know what I would do. I guess that's why it was important for me to find a doc that was on the same wavelength and could help me through it.

There is nothing that I have come up against that I haven't been able to handle. I have treated both major and minor things quite successfully.

I don't think it's okay for my family-but I would never judge what another did for theirs.
post #19 of 41
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
I never have or would. I don't medicate fevers and I don't medicate pain. I also do not let my kids suffer. I have many things I can do to help decrease their discomfort. I go for those options always.
I am always looking for more ways to naturally help my kiddos with discomfort. Can you give us your suggestions?
post #20 of 41
I am more than willing to do so. What are you looking to do? Unlike aspirin natural medicine doesn't take a blanket approach. There are different methods for every issue.
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